There are many factors to travelling seamlessly and having the right sized suitcase is one of them. It’s important to choose the right luggage when travelling, as it can really make or break your experience while away. Your destination, airline and general mobility should be at the forefront of your mind when looking for a suitcase, as this will dictate how easy it is to get where you want to go.
Item care and safety
The bigger the suitcase, the more space, so it must be better, right? Not entirely. Choose the size of your suitcase based on where you’re going and for how long, not based purely on the space inside. For example, you might be going away for three nights, so a carry-on or medium-sized suitcase will be enough so you can pack everything you need while preventing your items from being thrown around because of too much room.
Weight and size restrictions
With there being so many different airlines with baggage weights and limits, it’s important to choose the right bag for the airline specifically, as some will require a particular weight limit to others and may even have specific measurement requirements for carry-on etc.
International vs domestic requirements
There is also a range of differences between what is required for a domestic flight versus what is required for an international flight. In Australia, most domestic flights allow two carry-on items and one checked bag (if you’ve paid for it as part of your ticket). Checked bags in Australia can be a maximum of 23kg. On the other hand, international flight weight limits vary, but typically all your checked baggage can be a maximum of 30kg.
With international airlines, there may be a fee charged for extra carry-on or specific dimensions for checked baggage, so make sure to complete your research before heading overseas. For international hand luggage, generally, it’s best to opt for a smaller carry-on that has dimensions under 22 x 14 x 9 inches (55 x 35 x 22 cm).